Lyon starlet Nabil Fekir has opened the door to a dream move to Manchester United next summer, while telling the Premier League side they have signed a "very good player" in Anthony Martial. Martial, 19, completed a move to Old Trafford on transfer deadline day on 1 September in a move that has made him the most expensive teenager in world football.
According to BBC Sport, United have paid £36m ($55.1m) for the forward, a fee that could eventually rise to an astonishing £58m, which would fall just shy of the club record fee they paid for Angel di Maria in 2014. While Martial's transfer fee and age are likely to see him come under immediate scrutiny at Old Trafford, Fekir, 22, insists the price his international teammate has gone for must be expected these days.
"Anthony is a very good player," Fekir told Europe1. "I played with him at Lyon. Of course that is a very large sum of money. But we know that clubs like that are able to pay that kind of money for good players."
Fekir has enjoyed his own rise to prominence in France, enjoyable a remarkable season in Lyon's attack, form he has continued this term where he has netted four goals in as many games. When discussing Martial's move to United, the attacking midfielder could not help but reveal his admiration for the Premier League giants, admitting he would jump at the chance to join the club later down the line.
"Why not one day play for Manchester United? It is a club that makes you dream. But I am not there yet, the need to have a good season at Lyon comes first. Then, we will see."
Martial, who could make his France debut in a friendly against Portugal on 4 September, has shrugged off his exorbitant price tag. "I don't know if I'm worth €80m but I don't worry about the sums," Martial said, Sky Sports reports. "I'm going there for the football side of things. The price is between the two clubs, I don't see myself under any pressure other than proving myself on the pitch.
"It's true it's a crazy sum for a player of my age but that's the football market and I can't change that. It's between the two clubs. I know not to let myself get distracted and to concentrate on what happens on the pitch."